I’m new to Blender. When I have an object (e.g. basic mesh cube) selected (either in object or edit mode) and then choose ‘Shading’ / ‘Material buttons’ from the Buttons Window, all I get in that window is one ‘Preview’ tab with nothing in it and one ‘Links and Pipeline’ tab with a few buttons – not the array of tabs and options which the docs etc. tell me I should find. Consequently I can’t do anything about materials or shading.
The other buttons (Lamp, World, …) do work fine as far as I can see.
This is Blender 2.49b running on Linux Mint 9.
Any ideas what might be wrong? Thanks.